Sumter School District will always make student, teacher, and staff safety the first priority.  School custodial staff works tirelessly after the school day to disinfect classrooms, restrooms, and common areas.

Physical Distancing

  • Each principal will make every effort to socially distance students in order to maximize safety.
  • Communicate with all staff and families regarding physical distancing requirements and recommendations.
  • Train staff and students on protocols for physical distancing for both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Seating charts are required and will be adhered to in EVERY classroom, on EVERY bus, at lunch, and in EVERY room.
  • Post signage reminding students and staff about physical distancing in prominent locations throughout each school campus.
  • Allow only necessary visitors and volunteers on the campus and limit the number of students and staff who come into contact with them.


  • Minimize close contact between students, staff, families, and visitors at arrival and departure through the following methods:
  • Designate routes for entry and exit by using as many entrances and exits as can be supervised appropriately to decrease crowding at entry and exit points.
  • Place markings on the ground to facilitate physical distancing of six feet or more at all school entry and exit points and crosswalks near the school.
  • Maximize physical distancing between students at bus loading and unloading areas by placing ground markings at bus stops.
  • Instruct bus drivers to dismiss students one at a time with six feet between them, when dropping off or picking up students.
  • When in-person drop-off or pick-up is needed, only a single parent or caregiver should enter the facility to pick up or drop off the child.
  • Require each adult who enters the campus for in-person pick-up or drop-off to wear a face covering.
  • Provide supervision to disperse student gatherings during school arrival.

Restroom Breaks

  • Post signage reminding students and staff about physical distancing in prominent locations throughout each school campus.
  • Schedule and stagger restroom time used by groups of students to the extent practicable, and/or assign certain groups of students to use certain restrooms.
  • Teach and reinforce proper hand washing techniques, how to avoid contact with one’s eyes, nose, and mouth, and how to cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Post signage in high visibility areas to remind students and staff of proper techniques for hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes and other prevention measures.
  • Ensure adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, tissues, no-touch trash cans, face coverings, and hand sanitizers (with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol) for staff and students who can safely use hand sanitizer.
  • Minimize the sharing of supplies and equipment among staff and students to the extent feasible. When items must be shared, clean and disinfect items between uses.
  • Minimize staff and student contact with high-touch surfaces (e.g., propping open building or room doors, particularly at arrival and departure times).

Cleaning and Maintenance

At least daily, and more frequently if feasible, clean and disinfect frequently touched hard surfaces (e.g., tables, desks, chairs, door handles, light switches, phones, copy/fax machines, bathroom surfaces (toilets, countertops, faucets), and playground equipment) and shared objects (toys, games, art supplies, books) pursuant to CDC guidance.

  • Only use cleaning products approved by the District.
  • Ensure proper ventilation during cleaning and disinfecting. Introduce fresh outdoor air as much as possible, for example, by opening windows where practicable. When cleaning, air out space before students arrive; plan to do a thorough cleaning when students are not present. If using air conditioning, use the setting that brings in fresh air.
  • After an illness, limit access to areas used by the sick person (e.g. a student’s desk or a staff member’s office) until cleaned and disinfected.
  • Limit the use of items that are difficult to clean and sanitize.
  • Establish a cleaning and disinfecting schedule to avoid both under- and over-use of cleaning products.